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On June 12, 2023, the Tennessee Court of Appeals (Knoxville) upheld a settlement agreement requiring the recipient of funds in an investment account to pay his share of capital gains taxes. The case, In re Hunt, E2022-00649-COA-R3-CV, arose during the probate of Dr. Robert McPhail Hunt, Jr.’s estate. Hunt purportedly married Zulkifli Atim in Canada […]

In In re Estate of Butler, 356 Ga. App. 287 (2020), Anita Butler filed a petition to probate her father’s Will. Other family members filed an objection and caveat. Ultimately the case was settled with Butler agreeing to offer her late father’s will in Vermont in order to transfer a parcel of real estate located […]

Robert C. Port is a business litigation attorney practicing with Gaslowitz Frankel, LLC. He is author of Georgia Business Litigation and has a blog covering diverse subjects such as “Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until the Divorce is Finalized to Update Your Estate Plan,” “Investing 101: Things to Consider and Questions to Ask,” and “How Long […]

In re Estate of Diaz, 271 Ga. 742 (1999). Leanora Diaz (Diaz) died on April 3, 1997. During the year leading up to her death, her estranged husband served divorce papers on her. Her children begged her to get medical help and, after she refused, they tried to have her involuntarily committed. Following a hospital […]

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In Giller v. Slosberg, an elderly father revoked an existing power of attorney, executed a new power of attorney, and made changes to certain financial accounts relating to his estate-planning strategy. Giller and Seidner (sisters) appealed a judment following a jury verdict in favor of their brother, Slosberg. Slosberg believed his sisters exerted undue influence […]

A forthcoming article was reviewed in WILLS, TRUSTS, & ESTATES LAW eJOURNAL, Sponsored by The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Foundation, Vol. 17, No. 10: Apr 29, 2021. The article recognizes that much in the field of Wills is obsessed with pre-determining the outcome of potential litigation. It centers on an empirical […]

(a) An individual who feloniously and intentionally kills or conspires to kill or procures the killing of another individual forfeits the right to take an interest from the decedent’s estate and to serve as a personal representative or trustee of the decedent’s estate or any trust created by the decedent. For purposes of this Code […]

(a) If more than one personal representative is qualified and unless the will provides otherwise: (1) The personal representatives must act by their unanimous action; provided, however, that while a personal representative is unable to act because of inaccessibility, illness, or other incapacity, or when a vacancy occurs for any other reason, the remaining personal […]

Corrine Barber died on June 22, 2005. Her Will left the bulk of her estate to her youngest child, Alecia Holmes (fathered by Adams). When Alecia offered the Will for probate, Corrine’s four older children (fathered by Barber) filed a caveat. They contended the Will was invalid due to undue influence. The probate court granted […]

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