Archive for the ‘Trustee disputes’ Category

The Art of Balancing Flexibility with the Science of Certainty

Monday, December 5th, 2011

A charitable trust in perpetuity can be a way to leave a lasting legacy and to help those in need.  However, forever is a long time and creating something that can last requires flexibility.  These are things that we preach to our planning clients all the time. When clients do not ...

Rosa Parks’ Estate Tied Up in Litigation as Her Memorabilia Goes to Auction

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Almost six years after her death, the estate of civil rights hero Rosa Parks is still being litigated.  Court pleadings recently filed with the Michigan Supreme Court provide new details about the controversy surrounding Parks’ estate. At the time of her death, Parks’ estate had liquid assets of only $372,000, but ...

Discovery of an attorney for property’s action in a will contest case

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

In Papak v. Papak, the deceased had executed a will in 2002 leaving everything to the defendants.  In 2006 the deceased executed a new will leaving everything to his sister in law that cared for him.  The plaintiff refused to answer questions in discovery relating to her actions as power ...