540 ABA Journal Trusts & Estates articles.

Lawyer who used nonlawyers to sell living trusts is suspended in New Jersey

A lawyer who was disbarred in Pennsylvania for using nonlawyers to market and explain living trusts to elderly people has received a two-year suspension in New Jersey for the…

Harper Lee’s will is unsealed; will her letters at Emory be more revealing?

An Alabama court has unsealed a will signed by Harper Lee eight days before her 2016 death, but the document provides little information for those interested in learning more…

Federal law doesn’t prevent release of dead man’s email to estate representatives, court rules

Federal law doesn’t prevent Yahoo from releasing a dead man’s emails to the personal representatives of his estate, according to the top court in Massachusetts.

The Stored Communications Act doesn’t…

American attorneys partner to save endangered African wildlife

Working with a public interest law firm in Namibia and the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, American attorneys set out to improve the country’s wildlife laws—and strengthen their enforcement—with the aim of saving more Namibian animals.

Some windfall winners need a lawyer to protect them from themselves

You could say Laura Kelly is in the big-money end of the legal profession. But for Kelly, a partner practicing wealth preservation and estate planning at McCarter & English in Newark, New Jersey, much of that money belongs to her often newly wealthy clients.

Trump plans to place his businesses in a blind trust run by his children; will it resolve conflicts?

President-elect Donald Trump is planning to put his business interests in a blind trust run by his oldest three children, his lawyer says.

Lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN on Thursday…

Estate representative can sue herself for causing decedent’s wrongful death

A woman who lost control of her vehicle, causing the death of her common-law husband, is authorized as representative of the estate to sue herself for negligence, the Utah Supreme…

Corporate law firm forms subsidiary law firm for estate planning

A St Louis-based corporate law firm is forming a wholly owned subsidiary law firm to do estate planning work.

Lewis Rice plans to open the new law firm, to be…

Lawyer making routine list discovered law-firm partner didn’t have law license; she gets prison time

Updated: If Greg Jackson hadn’t taken his routine paperwork seriously, a former county bar president might not be facing prison time for the unauthorized practice of law.

Jackson had…

Lawyer is charged with stealing $587K from estate of deceased ‘kung fu’ judge

A Queens lawyer has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly siphoning $587,000 in Brooklyn real estate sale proceeds from the estate of a deceased New York judge.

Bail was…

Ex-lawyer charged with money-laundering and stealing $1.5M from client estates

A New Jersey lawyer who was disbarred by consent last year following an earlier client-theft accusation was charged with money-laundering and multiple theft counts in a superseding indictment announced…

Persuaded by deposition, judge pulls plug on Sumner Redstone competency trial

The Los Angeles trial of a former girlfriend’s lawsuit questioning the competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone had been expected to continue for another week.

But on Monday, after just…

Top Boies Schiller litigator sues his mother for defamation

A top litigator for Boies, Schiller & Flexner has filed two lawsuits against his own mother.

Joined by two siblings, Nicholas Gravante Jr. filed a federal lawsuit in Fort Myers,…

Do you have a will?

At this point, it’s been widely reported that Prince died this past April 21 without a will.

But while Prince’s estate is extraordinary in its intellectual property value, it’s…

BigLaw firm seeks $3.7M from attorney’s estate, says he intentionally filed ‘bogus case’

A powerhouse litigation firm and two of its attorneys are seeking a total of nearly $3.7 million from the estate of a deceased Los Angeles lawyer, contending that he intentionally…

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