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Who We Are

The Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group devotes it efforts to issues involving trust, estate and fiduciary litigation matters (these include probate disputes; will and trust construction; accounting disputes; breach of fiduciary duty claims; and other controverted issues involving the administration of individual and charitable estates and trusts). We also address ethics issues affecting trust and estate lawyers and malpractice issues (including malpractice avoidance) that may affect them. Our Group remains focused on educating members on national trends in these areas through efforts such as CLE program and and articles. Where appropriate, our Group assists other Section Groups in analyzing litigation, ethics or malpractice disputes that may affect estate planning, administration or any other litigation or controversy issue germane to the Section's mission. We hold quarterly conference calls that will be listed on on this website.

This Group consists of the following Committees:

Current Case Law Developments

In the coming months, the Group plans to ask our members to submit short, one paragraph descriptions of new case developments from around the country. We will be developing this feature and discussing it in our quarterly conference calls. Those who are interested in helping with this project should contact the group chair, Steven Mignogna,

Sub Committees  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Group Conference Call

January 21, 2015
Topic of Discussion: Dana Fitzsimons Jr., Senior Vice President & Fiduciary Counsel with Bessemer Trust, will review the most significant fiduciary litigation cases of 2014 and discuss current trends in fiduciary risk. Dana has led such discussions in the past for our Group, and the calls are among our most popular, so please plan to join us.
Section Events

    Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Estate Planning and Administration


    This presentation will address recent developments and trends that impact practice and procedure in estate planning and fiduciary administration, including Federal and State transfer & income tax issues as well as developments in the substantive laws of wills, trusts and fiduciary administration. The ...

    Paralegal Training, Supervision and Best Practices used by Real Property and Trust and Estates Lawyers


    This webinar will be a lively discussion amongst experienced RP Lawyer, TE Lawyer, RP Paralegal and TE Paralegal that will provide guidance as to the optimal and effective employment of Paralegals in the Real Property and Trust and Estate Practice

    Silver Hair and Fighting Heirs: Contested Guardianships


    This program will survey national trends and new developments in contested guardianships and other pre-death events that impact the assets and care of the incapacitated, as well as their estates at death. The panel will cover the following issues, among others: Multi-jurisdictional disputes; ...

LISTSERV Communication

In order to send a message to the listserve, send the message as an email to the address below. You must be a member of the Committee to use the listserve.

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Mignogna, Steven
Message From The Chair

Council Representative:

Franklin, Terrence


Carey, James

Committee Roster  

Modified by Adam Bielawski on December 31, 2014

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