LEGAL CHALLENGE TO RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP ACCOUNTS

The case of Jordan v. Jordan (unpublished) represents another example of a legal challenge to the validity of a joint account with right of survivorship that was established very soon after the person establishing the joint account executed his Will. The case presents a simple scenario. A executed a Will that divided A’s Estate equally between A’s four (4) children. Soon after signing the Will, … [Read more]

AUTHORITY OF THE CLERK OF COURT TO DETERMINE THE REASONABLENESS OF ATTORNEYS’ FEES IN ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROCEEDINGS

The case of In The Matter Of Frances Sorrentino Taylor, deceased contains a good discussion regarding the appropriate procedure for filing claims against an estate and also the deadlines that apply to such claims. In addition, the opinion discussed the authority of the Clerk of Court to determine the reasonableness of attorneys’ fees incurred in an estate administration context. This article … [Read more]