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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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Attorney-Client Privilege

Attorney-Client Privilege Survives Client’s Death, But….

Most people have at least a vague understanding of the attorney-client privilege. In most circumstances, what you say to your lawyer is private. Your communications are confidential, and your lawyer may not share them. What happens after you die? Even after your death, your lawyer may not share your communications. But that does lead to …

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Appointment of “Guardian Ad Litem” Terminated by Court

An Arizona guardianship and conservatorship case involving a Disney heir seems to have stumbled to a conclusion. It took six hotly contentious years and (reportedly) millions of dollars in legal fees. The case involves interesting legal issues and intense family drama. One side issue: the appointment of a “guardian ad litem”. What is a guardian …

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Declaratory judgment

Contestants Seek Declaratory Judgment on No-Contest Clause

It is hardly uncommon for family members to disagree about the validity or meaning of a will. Even when they disagree, though, few people actually go to the trouble and expense to file a formal contest. A recent will contest case in Georgia provided a different wrinkle that invites further explanation: the will contests filed …

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