Once your petition has been filed in the probate department of the Superior Court of California, and you are engaged in full-on “trust litigation,” what happens next?
You have a business. You have a family.
The Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) has been issuing formal advisory ethics opinions to certified and court-appointed mediators since 1994.
Traditionally, it has been difficult to remove a trustee unless the trust agreement provides that the beneficiaries have the power to remove the trustee.
When faced with a Probate Court Petition that you do not agree with, you must object.
If you make your living in and around our probate courts you’ll find the FY 2014-15 Probate Court Statistical Reference Guide interesting reading.
The Trustee wants to be done with the Trust administration and decides to have the beneficiaries sign a waiver and release so a final Trust distribution can be made.
In Stephens v. Beard, a husband shot his wife, who died immediately, and then shot himself.
Remember that formal benefit dinner you attended last fall? The contentious battle for that golf package at the charity auction in the spring?
A contest over the validity of a trust or a trust amendment is an expensive undertaking, typically requiring extensive discovery and a lengthy trial.