• In Re Estate of Leon Brown

    Publication Date: 2020-12-30
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Linda Glover, Griffin, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ann Herrera, (Russell & Herrera, P.C.), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1976

    Probate Court Had Jurisdiction to Appoint Administrator of Estate of Decedent/Conservatee Who Resided in Different County

  • In Re Estate of Leon Brown

    Publication Date: 2020-12-28
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Linda Glover, Griffin, for appellant.
    for defendant: Ann Herrera, (Russell & Herrera, P.C.), Decatur, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1976

    Court affirms appointment of decedent's guardian as administrator of his estate over jurisdictional challenge from decedent's heirs

  • Cynthia S. Barry v. Thomas S. Barry, III et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-12-11
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Blitch, (Blitch Law, PC), Atlanta, Edward Tolley, (Attorney at Law), Athens, Devin Smith, Edward Tolley, (Cook & Tolley LLP), Athens, for appellant.
    for defendant: Eddy Corn, (E A Corn, LLC), Hiawassee, James Tittle, (Attorney at Law), West Palm Beach, Daniel Duello, (Law Office of Daniel R. Duello), Blairsville, William Mercer, (William K. Mercer Jr PC), Blairsville, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0839

    Court affirms ruling that an heir forfeited her beneficial interests in a will and trust pursuant to in terrorem clauses as a result of her bad faith efforts to prevent probate

  • Morton v. Pitts, et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-12-10
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Chief Judge McFadden
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lisa Taylor, (Durham Taylor LLC), Statham, Alexander Hart, (Hall Williamson & Hart, PC), Albany, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jesse Bowles, (Attorney at Law), Cuthbert, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1241

    Trial Court Failed its Statutory Duty to Order Property Appraisal in Partition Action

  • In Re Estate of Jewel H. Penland

    Publication Date: 2020-12-07
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Gobeil
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Timothy King, Christina Cason, (Hodges, McEachern & King), Peachtree City, for appellant.
    for defendant: Cater Thompson, (Jones Cork & Miller), Macon, for appellee. F. Wilson, (Attorney at Law), Macon, for other party.

    Case Number: A20A0998

    Probate Court Erred in Ruling That Estate Beneficiary/Co-Executor Violated In Terrorem Clause in His Mother's Will by Failing to Make Certain Required Distributions

  • Cates v. Brown

    Publication Date: 2020-11-25
    Practice Area: Civil Appeals | Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Alan Perry, (Page Perry), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Gregory Lancaster, (Attorney at Law), Buford, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1088

    Court affirms jury verdict and judgment on an unjust enrichment claim over challenges from estate administrator involving unmarried status of claimant

  • In Re Estate of George Thomas Cornett, Jr.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-24
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Reese
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Daniel Diffley, Marguerite Miller, (Alston & Bird, LLP), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Theodore Welch, Theodore Welch, (Stillman Welch LLC), Atlanta, Spence Johnson, (Johnson Marlowe LLP), Athens, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A0856

    Court affirms removal of successor executor of an estate following probate court findings of mismanagement and dissipation of estate assets

  • Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Landau-Taylor, in his Capacities as Successor Trustee of The Georgia Sortor Lerangis Trust et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-23
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes | Dispute Resolution | Trusts and Estates
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Brokerage
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Presiding Judge Miller
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: William Martin, William Martin, (Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.), Birmingham, David Conner, Robert Kutchey, (The Conner Law Group, P.C.), Savannah, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andrew Lavoie, Susan Cox, (Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens), Statesboro, Jeffrey Horst, Joshua McLaurin, (Krevolin & Horst, LLC), Atlanta, Jonathan Grunberg, (Wade, Grunberg & Wilson, LLC), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: A20A1249

    Successor Trustees and Business Partners Were Bound By Predecessor's Contractual Arbitration Agreement

  • Crippen & Lawrence Investment Co., Inc. v. A Tract of Land Being Known As 444 Lemon Street, et al.

    Publication Date: 2020-11-16
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Real Estate | Trusts and Estates
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Blackwell
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John Hampton Coleman, (Coleman Law, LLC), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Reginald L. Snyder, (Taylor English Duma, LLP), Atlanta, for appellee. James L. McDaniel, (McDaniel & Scott), Decatur, Barry Phillip Bettis, (Bettis Law Group, LLC), Alpharetta, for Amicus Appellant.

    Case Number: S19G1645

    Tax Sale Purchaser of Property Had Standing to Claim Estate Executor Had Impliedly Assented to Devise of Property

  • In re Estate of Hanson

    Publication Date: 2020-10-15
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Georgia Court of Appeals
    Judge: Judge Rickman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ophelia Chan, Stephanie Carman, (The Chan Law Firm, LLC), Marietta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Louis Levenson, (Louis Levenson & Associates), Atlanta, George Lott, (Stack & Associates, P.C.), Atlanta for appellee. Bertram Boley, (Attorney at Law), Atlanta for other party.

    Case Number: A20A1109

    Georgia Probate Court Erred in Concluding it Had Jurisdiction to Order a Permanent Guardianship and Conservatorship Regarding Florida Resident and His Non-Georgia Property