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Year end is an ideal time to review your estate plan

As of this writing, it’s still anybody’s guess as to whether Congress will enact major tax reform legislation affecting federal gift and estate taxes. This situation casts a large shadow over estate planning at the end of...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

Play It Again: No Contest Clauses Must Be Referenced In Each California Trust Amendment

by Downey Brand LLP on

No contest clauses are an ever-evolving area of the probate law in California. The Court of Appeal further refined the rules governing no contest clauses in a decision issued last week, Aviles v. Swearingen (2017) ___...more

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

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

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

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

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

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Sibling Lawyer!

by Downey Brand LLP on

I’m a sibling lawyer. My career started early, as a middle child, and now continues as a Sacramento-based trust and estate litigation attorney. Most of my clients are grappling with sisters or brothers over the care and...more

Should Automobiles Be Transferred To A Trust?

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the questions I am often asked by clients is, “Should I transfer my automobiles to my revocable living trust?” I generally advise clients not to transfer their automobiles to their revocable living trust. The primary...more

Court Affirms Arbitration Decision Arising From Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Saks v. Rogers, a beneficiary of a trust challenged a trial court’s enforcement of an arbitration decision. No. 04-16-00286-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6923 (Tex. App.—San Antonio July 26, 2017, no pet. history)....more

Best in Law: The Pros and Cons of the No-Contest Clause - Trusts and Wills

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No-contest clauses are generally included in trusts and wills in California in an attempt to prevent challenges to an estate plan after death. Originally published in the Press-Enterprise - July 30th, 2017....more

Recent case law update: Treatment of Trust Assets — Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English Supreme Court has delivered a ruling that provides helpful guidance on the enforceability of trusts in respect of assets located in foreign jurisdictions that do not recognise trusts. The ruling also highlights...more

[Webinar] Leveraging to Attain Basis Step-Up; Income Tax Benefits of Losing an FLP Case - July 11th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Please join us for a webinar based on Steve Gorin's Second Quarter 2017 newsletter, Gorin's Business Succession Solutions. In this webinar the presenter will discuss that one can use debt to allow property to obtain a...more

Creating Trust to Ensure a Trust’s Success

One of the biggest missteps of clients is to create a trust without communicating its purpose with the adult beneficiaries. Without guidance from the client/grantor and his or advisors, beneficiaries sometimes become...more

Who Can Bring Forth a Challenge

by Moskowitz LLP on

Following Richard Pratt’s death in 2009, Madison Ashton claimed that she had left her profession as a sex worker to become the Australian billionaire’s kept mistress. Pratt had apparently promised the former Penthouse Pet a...more

Estate planning during divorce: It’s never too early to start

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Estate plans prepared for married couples will vary in complexity and detail but generally follow the same theme: The revocable trust or will typically provides that upon the death of the first spouse, the surviving spouse...more

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

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