An order to accept or refuse appointment under Rule 74.15(1)(a) or (b) of the Rules of Civil Procedure is an under-utilized tool in estate litigation. It allows an interested party to compel the estate trustee, either named in a will or acting as an estate trustee, to seek a certificate of appointment.
Sometimes during an intake meeting, a potential new client will tell me that they want to hire an “aggressive” lawyer. Their expectation usually has to do with making threats at the outset and being difficult and uncooperative with the other side.
Home insurance policies, unbeknownst to many policy holders, typically have coverage exclusions that apply if damage/loss occurs while the property is “vacant”. Typically, the issue arises when the homeowner intentionally leaves the home for a an extended period of time (ie. vacation, work trips, etc). However, what happens when unexpected events, such as health complications, cause us to be away from home for an extended period of time?
It is a fundamental principle of common law that court proceedings are open to the public. There are, of course, factors and circumstances that necessitate a departure from this principle. For example, the exclusion of witnesses for a trial until they are called to give evidence is meant to avoid witnesses giving “tainted” evidence that is influenced by other testimony or court proceedings.
Samantha Cain has joined the partnership
Carroll Heyd Chown and partners Ted Chadderton, David Thompson, and Jeff Beleskey are pleased to announce that Samantha Cain has joined the partnership effective January 1, 2021.