Trusts & Estates

548 ABA Journal Trusts & Estates articles.

Next generation: Cryptocurrency and estate lawyers
A full immersion into cryptocurrency is a good first step for other estate-planning lawyers wishing to break into the space.
Former Foley & Lardner partner is suspended for falsifying documents

A former partner at Foley & Lardner has been suspended for two years for misleading the IRS with falsified documents.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended former trusts and estates partner…

Jury rules for Buchalter in suit seeking more than $150M for estate lawyer’s alleged misconduct

Jurors have found no liability by Buchalter in a lawsuit that contended the law firm was responsible for the alleged misconduct of one of its estate planning partners.

Jurors in…

Moritz family disputes development fees pulled from $30M gift to Ohio State’s law school

The family of Michael Moritz, the late lawyer who donated $30.3 million to Ohio State University in 2001 and whose name is attached to its law school, is disputing how…

Trump allies propose nationalizing Facebook, Google data
After President Donald Trump railed against Google for an anti-Trump news bias last week, his allies are arguing for a nationalization of data held by major American technology companies, raising questions about the role trusts and fiduciaries could play in the data economy.
Judge declares longtime lesbian couple in Utah legally married months after 1 partner’s death

Bonnie Foerster and Beverly Grossaint were legally married last week about three months after Groissant’s death at 82.

Foerster, 74, told the Salt Lake Tribune she is “numb from…

Judge refuses to allow statutory rapist to share in settlement for son’s wrongful death
A Wisconsin judge has ruled that an absentee father whose son was conceived with his 15-year-old cousin is not entitled to share in an $837,000 settlement for the son’s wrongful death.
Ex-managing partner of Nutter McClennen office suspended amid misappropriation allegations

The former managing partner of a Nutter McClennen & Fish office in Massachusetts has been temporarily suspended amid allegations that he misappropriated funds from trust accounts and the law firm.

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…

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…

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