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Independent Executor Had Authority To Sell Estate Real Property Despite Nothing In The Will Giving Him That Authority

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In Graff v. 2920 Park Grove Venture, Ltd., an executor was sued after selling estate real estate because the executor allegedly sold the property for less than fair market value. No. 05-16-01411-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 4266...more

Bowditch & Dewey

Aretha Franklin Died Without a Will: Why It’s Important for Everyone to Have a Plan

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Many people will balk at the thought of signing their will at an elderly age, thinking that they’re “signing up for death.” Did Aretha Franklin think that? While it may seem like something you don’t need to worry about...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Aretha Franklin: The Future of Another Musical Icon’s Estate Left Uncertain

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The music world was left mourning the death of another legend recently with the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. A woman with a voice full of power and emotion, her death leaves a musical landscape with few (if...more

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed,...

Lowndes Lawyers Successfully Obtain and Defend Probate Court Order Denying Request for Accounting and Settle Estate

Lowndes attorneys obtained a favorable ruling from a probate court in Lee County, Florida, on behalf of a decedent’s estate; and thereafter, secured an affirmance of the ruling from Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. ...more

Lewitt Hackman

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Soulful Estate

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As many in the country mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin, some of us are a bit surprised to discover the Queen of Soul passed intestate, without a will or estate plan....more

Flaster Greenberg PC

Financial Support for an Adult Disabled Child

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Even with child support payments from the non-custodial parent, raising a special needs child on a single parent’s income can be very challenging. N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, a relatively new New Jersey emancipation law, requires...more

Goulston & Storrs PC

Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - August 2018

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Three recent trial court decisions address issues that may be of interest to estate planning and administration lawyers, as well as probate and fiduciary litigators...more

Cozen O'Connor

Aretha Franklin Died Intestate, But Her Financial Affairs Appear Under Control – For Now

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When Aretha Franklin died in Detroit on August 16, it was widely reported that she left an estate worth approximately $80 million -- and no will. It's a curious development in the story of a woman whose 60-year career started...more

McGuireWoods LLP

The Unhappy Consequences of Dying Without a Will

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In the first sentence of his master work on families, Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The passing of another great artist, Aretha Franklin, who...more

LeClairRyan

Virginia Supreme Court Issues New Opinion on the Standard to Admit a Will to Probate

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Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court handed down a ruling in an estate dispute that clarified the standard for admitting a will to probate, and further discussed the standard for admitting testimony concerning the...more

Winstead PC

Independent Executor Had Authority To Sell Estate Real Property Despite Nothing In Will Giving Him That Authority

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In Graff v. 2920 Park Grove Venture, Ltd., an executor was sued after selling estate real estate because the executor allegedly sold the property for less than fair market value. No. 05-16-01411-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 4266...more

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Will, Trusts & Estates: Plain and Simple – Back to Basics: Wills & Revocable Trusts

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Wills and revocable trusts basically do the same thing – each is a document in which you give away your assets to your beneficiaries upon your death. Both can be revoked and changed whenever and as often as you desire. In...more

Goulston & Storrs PC

Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - July 2018

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First, in Calhoun v. Rawlins, No. 17-P-40, 2018 WL 3131023 (Mass. App. Ct. June 27, 2018), the Appeals Court held that creditors could access a spendthrift trust that was created for a beneficiary with cognitive impairments...more

Faegre Baker Daniels

No More Compromise: Indiana Supreme Court Closes Door to Pre-Mortem Settlement Agreements, Leaves Open Window

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On June 19, the Indiana Supreme Court decided In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of Kent v. Kerr, rejecting a pre-mortem settlement agreement the Court of Appeals had unanimously validated last year. Aging Hoosiers often...more

Field Law

Probate For Paddington: Michael Bond, CBE (1926-2017)

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One year ago, Michael Bond, CBE the creator of the beloved literary character, Paddington Bear, passed away in London, England at age 91. Though I recall seeing snippets of Paddington Bear on the television when I was young,...more

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Hearsay Issues In Surrogate’s Court Hearings And Trials (Presentation)

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Presented by John R. Morken, Esq. to the Surrogate’s Association of the State of New York, May 2018. Introduction - A great deal of the evidence offered at a trial or hearing in the Surrogate’s Court is hearsay, or at...more

Davis Brown Law Firm

Handling Decedent's Property by Affidavit

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In March 2018, Governor Reynolds signed HF 2125 into law, with effective date, July 1, 2018. This law increases the limit of personal property that can be transferred after death using an affidavit....more

Winstead PC

Court Holds That Drafts Of Trust Documents Are Discoverable And Discusses The Attorney-Client Privilege

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In In re Rittenmeyer, the mother of the decedent was the executor of his estate. No. 05-17-01378-CV2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 2812 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 19, 2018, original proceeding). ...more

LeClairRyan

Raise It or Waive It?: The Virginia Supreme Court Weighs in on When Parties in Estate Litigation Must Raise (or Waive)...

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Imagine your aging, widowed mother (“Mother”) has dementia and moves into assisted living. You live about four hours away from Mother. Your sibling (“Sibling”) lives about five (5) minutes away from Mother....more

Winstead PC

Court Holds That Laches Did Not Bar A Will Contest

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In In re Estate of Perez-Muzza, two days before the statute of limitations period ended, a contestant filed a will contest seeking to have a court set aside an order admitting a will to probate. No. 04-16-00755-CV, 2018 Tex....more

Winstead PC

Court Reversed Order Removing Trustee Where Trustee Did Not Receive Notice Of The Hearing

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In In re Estate of Moore, the court of appeals addressed the proper procedure for removing an acting trustee and appointing a successor trustee. No. 08-14-00298-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 1950 (Tex. App.—El Paso March 15, 2018,...more

Field Law

Rolling the Dice on Costs of Estate Litigation

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Alberta Courts have been busy on the topic of costs in estate litigation in the past few months. Four recent decisions issued out of three judicial centres in Alberta provide a good reminder of just how unpredictable...more

Holland & Hart - Fiduciary Law Blog

2018 Cost of Living Adjustment of Certain Dollar Amounts Under Colorado Probate Code

The 2018 cost of living adjustment list of certain dollar amounts under the Colorado Probate Code has been published by the Colorado Department of Revenue. It is important for probate practitioners to be aware of these...more

Holland & Hart - Fiduciary Law Blog

Harper Lee’s Will Unsealed

As The New York Times recently reported, the will of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was recently unsealed in connection with a lawsuit seeking access to the document. Ms. Lee died a resident of Monroeville,...more

Murtha Cullina

Appellate Group News: 2017 Year In Review

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2017 was a significant year for Murtha Cullina’s appellate practice group. The firm was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as its "Appellate Litigation Department of the Year." 2017 also marked two anniversary dates of...more

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