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Tag Archives: Wills & Trusts

Handwritten document treated as decedent’s will (access required)

Petitioners have established by clear and convincing evidence that the decedent intended an unwitnessed  document handwritten by another but signed by the decedent to constitute her will. Background About a month before she died, Watkins, the decedent, signed a document ...

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Interpretation request did not violate terror clause (access required)

A beneficiary’s declaratory action to determine rights and duties did not violate a trust’s no-contest clause. Background Charles and Theresa Hunter had two children, Chip and Eleanor, and a granddaughter. Charles and Theresa each created trusts naming the children and ...

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Will omits heirs and gives all to charities (access required)

Where the decedent’s will created a trust, and the designated trustee predeceased the decedent, the income from the residuary estate goes to the trust beneficiaries, a group of charities, and not to the decedent’s blood relatives, who were “explicitly and ...

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