Undue Influence in Inter Vivos Transfers

by: , September 19, 2022

Many have heard of undue influence but it is often in the context of a will challenge. That is to say, an argument is made that a testator’s last will and testament is not valid because someone influenced the testator. The influence must be such that the testator was no longer acting with free will:…read more

Opting Out: Submitting Rights to the Court

by: , June 8, 2022

Sometimes an individual who has an interest in an estate (i.e. a beneficiary), does not want or need to participate actively in the litigation. The application or action may name the individual as a respondent or defendant but not seek any relief against her. The individual may be named as a party in the litigation…read more

When Death Interrupts a Court Case

by: , November 24, 2021

No one wants to think that a party to litigation could pass away before the litigation settles or is resolved by the court. But, unfortunately, it does happen. The death of one of the parties in the litigation has an immediate impact on the proceeding. Rule 11.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure provides, in…read more

How Can a Beneficiary Get Information About an Estate?

by: , August 3, 2021

Sometimes a beneficiary can feel powerless during the process of an estate administration. A beneficiary may not know anything beyond that he or she is a beneficiary. Sometimes even confirmation of a gift is difficult to obtain. The relationship between an estate trustee and a beneficiary does not have to be a challenging one. The…read more

What Does it Mean to Have Capacity?

by: , June 14, 2021

Legal capacity can be a difficult concept to understand. For those who are concerned about a loved one’s ability to care for herself or to make financial decisions, the answer to the question of whether their loved one has capacity may seem obvious. Forgetfulness, confusion, and even mild dementia are often viewed as indicative of…read more