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Friday, March 20, 2020

Invitation to Mediate and Office Policy Statement of LaFortune and LaFortune

Given concerns about the Coronavirus, Courts are closed to the public and are hearing matters by phone or video conference. Courts have greatly reduced staffing in order to protect the well-being of their staff and respect advisories and mandates regarding limiting the number of people at any gathering.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mediation of Wills, Trusts, and other Estate Issues

While mediation of divorce has become commonplace, many do not realize the benefits of mediating disputes regarding wills, trusts, and other estate issues. Like divorce, disputes over estates can be emotionally charged because people feel hurt by family members. After all, a once close and loving family is dealing with the loss of a loved one, along with disappointment and even anger regarding the distribution of assets. An inheritance is the last contact one has with the deceased, so clinging to that can be a way of holding onto the person.


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Is a Spendthrift Trust Provision Impenetrable by Creditors?

Estate plans often include a trust so heirs can avoid having to probate the will of a decedent. A trust can incorporate the protections of a spendthrift provision. The effect a court will give to the spendthrift provision is fact dependent, and caselaw gives us the following guidance.


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