In this episode of the case files, I discuss the Texas case of Ramirez vs. Rodriguez, et. al., a case that involves four sibling co-trustees and the attempt by three of them to remove their trouble-making brother because of his hostile actions. Is being a royal pain in the derriere enough to remove a trustee from office.
This case reminds me of a scene from an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon original series that I have featured in the video.
Both this case and the scene from the series drive home the point that sometimes mixing family and money can be an explosive combination.
If you manage your parents’ investment accounts because they are not capable, you may have watched helplessly the past several weeks as their stocks fell by thirty percent or more from the S&P 500 index highs in mid-February to its low point so far on March 23rd.
They say blood is thicker than water, but money is thicker than blood in my experience, so if you are managing your parents’ accounts, you may have concerns that either they or some extended family members may feel you should have done something to prevent the declines in your parents’ accounts.
In this video, I offer three tips to lessen your exposure to liability.
In this episode of The Case Files, I profile a 2010 Texas case involving a daughter’s misappropriation of her deceased father’s trust funds as well as her aging mother’s personal assets. The characters from the 1960s sitcom Green Acres provide a little humor to an otherwise serious situation. Enjoy and learn!
Wealth and Honor is a website dedicated to helping families navigate the financial challenges of age transitions. The site now has a YouTube Channel to host “edutainment” videos featuring non-legal commentary on actual court cases involving will disputes, elder financial abuse, estate litigation, fiduciary liability, and other issues of aging, death, and wealth.
Court transcripts are condensed into a factual summary with popular sitcom characters providing faces to the actual characters of the case, followed by a non-legal commentary of lessons to learn and missteps to avoid.
The first episode covers the case of Lintz vs Lintz, a 2014 case decided in the California Appeals Court, that includes claims of breach of fiduciary duty, elder financial abuse, undue influence, among other claims. Viewers are encouraged to first watch a presentation of commonly used terms before watching the case episodes.
For a full text of the court transcript, click here.