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Divorce court custody order

Guardianship Judge May Deviate from Divorce Court Custody Order

In a divorce proceeding, the court determines who should have custody (and decision-making authority) over any minor children. When a child subject to such an order reaches majority, the court order usually expires. But when the now-adult child has a disability, either or both parents may seek appointment as guardian. Does the divorce court custody …

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Irrevocable trust

Irrevocable Trust Might Still be Terminated by Beneficiary

Might an irrevocable trust become revocable? That was the question faced by a South Dakota probate judge and, more recently, the state’s Supreme Court. It turns out that the trust’s beneficiary may be able to insist on termination of an irrevocable trust. A South Dakota story Mary Novotny, a widow living near the Nebraska border, …

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Deceased Trustee Not Liable for Punitive Damages in Kansas Case

NOVEMBER 21, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 44 When Alain Ellis died in 2007, she left about $2 million dollars in a trust. Her husband Harvey was the trustee of the trust, and entitled to receive all of the trust’s income. Upon his death the remaining trust assets would be distributed among her two sons and …

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Special Needs Trust Pays Substantial Legal Fees in Dispute

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 36 Questions often arise about what kinds of payments may, or should, be made from a trust. When the trust is a “special needs” trust, the questions sometimes can be even more pointed — the purpose of a special needs trust, after all, is usually to provide for supplemental …

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Attorney’s Fees in Probate Proceeding Challenged, Approved

SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 32 How much can an attorney charge in a probate proceeding? In Arizona, at least, the principal rule is one that is difficult to determine: attorney’s fees must be “reasonable”. But what does that actually mean? A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision approving the fees charged by the …

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