Trusts & Estates Law

  • In re Estate of Seward In the case In re Estate of Seward, the supreme court held that purported children of a decedent intervening in probate preceding are not required to bring a separate paternity cause of action.  Seward died in May 2013 after executing a will in 2008 that declared he had no spouse or children.  In an October ...
  • Hester v. Landau In Hester v. Landau, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that only a personal representative of an estate has the power to appear in court on behalf of the estate.  Aurora Landau sued her former employer for unpaid compensation, naming the company and its two owners as defendants.  One of the owners died while the ...
  • Cottini v. Berggren In Cottini v. Berggren, the supreme court held that former agents may be entitled to attorney’s fees for defending against their former principal’s challenge to the agent’s accounting of costs of their former guardianship-relationship. Cottini acted as Berggren’s guardian after Berggren suffered a traumatic brain injury. After Berggren recovered, Berggren objected to Cottini’s accounting of ...
  • In re Estate of Seward In In re Estate of Seward, In August 2013, attorney Willard applied for probate of the decadent’s will, in which the decadent declared that he did not ...
  • In Re Estate of Bavilla   In Re Estate of Bavilla, the supreme court held the superior court abused its discretion in denying a motion to amend an application for informal probate where none of the exceptions to Alaska Civil Rule 15(a) applied and where there was no statutory bar precluding the superior court from converting the informal ...

Trusts & Estates Law

  • In re Estate of Seward In the case In re Estate of Seward, the supreme court held that purported children of a decedent intervening in probate preceding are not required to bring a separate paternity cause of action.  Seward died in May 2013 after executing a will in 2008 that declared he had no spouse or children.  In an October ...
  • Hester v. Landau In Hester v. Landau, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that only a personal representative of an estate has the power to appear in court on behalf of the estate.  Aurora Landau sued her former employer for unpaid compensation, naming the company and its two owners as defendants.  One of the owners died while the ...
  • Cottini v. Berggren In Cottini v. Berggren, the supreme court held that former agents may be entitled to attorney’s fees for defending against their former principal’s challenge to the agent’s accounting of costs of their former guardianship-relationship. Cottini acted as Berggren’s guardian after Berggren suffered a traumatic brain injury. After Berggren recovered, Berggren objected to Cottini’s accounting of ...
  • In re Estate of Seward In In re Estate of Seward, In August 2013, attorney Willard applied for probate of the decadent’s will, in which the decadent declared that he did not ...
  • In Re Estate of Bavilla   In Re Estate of Bavilla, the supreme court held the superior court abused its discretion in denying a motion to amend an application for informal probate where none of the exceptions to Alaska Civil Rule 15(a) applied and where there was no statutory bar precluding the superior court from converting the informal ...