American Bar Association
Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee

Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee


This committee reviews developments related to estate and trust litigation, including will contests, surcharge litigation, contested guardianships and conservatorships and alternative dispute resolution. It studies selected issues, such as the right to a jury trial and the availability of punitive damages. The committee also analyzes specific evidentiary questions (for example, attorney-client relationships, attorney-work product and ethical and conflict of interest issues in the field). The committee publishes information for Section members on these topics, and participates in or sponsors Section CLE programs.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Fiduciary Litigation Series – A Three Part Series

October 3, 2017 - February 6, 2018


Fiduciary Litigation Series – A Three Part Series
October 3 | December 5 | February 6

Given the tax proposals currently circulating, many practitioners have expressed concern about a potential decline in the volume of planning and drafting work and are seeking ways to expand their practices into other areas, including estate and trust litigation. This three part CLE program will present a broad-strokes portrait of the various types of estate and trust litigation, presented by experienced practitioners (many of whom started their own practices from scratch), and is sure to be informative.
Section Events

    Section 199A -- Planning to Maximize the Deduction


    The new section 199A deduction for passthrough entities creates opportunities for businesses that are not C corporations but may require new and creative planning to maximize the deduction. - Understanding the computation of the 20% deduction - Applying the limitations on the deduction - Understanding ...

    Exit Mechanisms and Dispute Resolution in Real Estate Joint Ventures


    Sharing a joint vision for a new real estate venture is a critical element of future success. However, life throws many curveballs and the long-lasting partnership the venture partners had initially envisioned may not come to fruition. Therefore, it is crucial that the joint venture agreement include ...

    Next Steps in Financing


    During this session the panelists will discuss sophisticated commercial real estate projects that touch upon specific issues applicable to most loans. For these projects, the panelists will comment on frequently arising and negotiated borrower-lender issues, including the following: Topics ...

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Dibble, Melissa
Ebner, Daniel
Forman, Peter

Committee Roster  

Modified by Adam Bielawski on September 8, 2017

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