Casey Kasem children settle their wrongful death case against his wife

Kerri, Julie and Mike Kasem have asked a judge to dismiss their wrongful death lawsuit against their stepmother, Jean Kasem, 64, as part of a settlement after a four-year legal feud. While these cases make the headlines due to the celebrity status of the parties and the amount of money involved, dramas like this for … Continue reading Casey Kasem children settle their wrongful death case against his wife

Former rugby star accuses brother of mismanaging family trust

In yet another case of family member trustees gone wrong, Former St George Illawarra Dragons star Mark Gasnier has accused his brother of taking funds from a family trust as part of a long-running dispute. Mark Gasnier and his brother Dean, are co-trustees of a family trust apparently established by their parents. According to the … Continue reading Former rugby star accuses brother of mismanaging family trust

Prior Correspondence: A Key Tool in Preparing Your Estate Dispute Case for Trial | Estate Conflicts

Attorney Brett Hebert, with the national law firm, Gordon Rees, recently wrote an article on the firm's blog regarding the admissibility of certain correspondence in estate litigation cases. A typical situation we see involves an elderly person who begins to show signs of losing mental capacity. Then an unscrupulous person “enters” the life of the … Continue reading Prior Correspondence: A Key Tool in Preparing Your Estate Dispute Case for Trial | Estate Conflicts

Healthcare Surrogates can’t agree to Arbitration 

Standing as a health surrogate doesn’t allow appointees to enter into nursing home arbitration agreements or other business agreements with providers, a Florida appeals court has ruled. At issue was a nursing home attempting to force claims by a deceased resident's estate into arbitration since one of the healthcare surrogates had signed an arbitration agreement … Continue reading Healthcare Surrogates can’t agree to Arbitration 

Attorneys Suspended for Mismanagement of Elderly Clients Money

In a case that speaks of the importance of choosing a qualified trustee who has proper internal controls and procedures, and who is governed by an appropriate regulatory body, The Ohio Supreme Court suspends two attorneys for one year after they negligently managed an elderly woman's affairs. Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Zoller and Mamone … Continue reading Attorneys Suspended for Mismanagement of Elderly Clients Money

Another Case of Sibling Rivalry

An Indiana Court of Appeals opinion underscores the importance of accountings in trust administration, but also raises questions about why families place siblings in adversarial positions to begin with. According to an article posted by the Indianapolis law firm of Faebre Baker Daniels,  the original case involved three siblings, Scott, Jeff and Stacey – and … Continue reading Another Case of Sibling Rivalry