Personal Injury and Probate: Death of a Party or Witness, Settlement With Minors, Hearsay Challenges, Tax Exigencies
Note: CPE credit is not offered on this program
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will review what personal injury lawyers need to know about the probate process in several different situations including the effect failure to have an estate representative appointed may have on your case. The panel will discuss what needs to be done if the plaintiff or defendant dies pre-suit versus after the commencement of litigation. Second, the panel will review hearsay issues caused by the death of a material witness and the ability to rely on the Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(2) and state counterparts. Third, the program will address settlements with or on behalf of minors and the requirements of probate. Finally, the program will highlight issues about future income and estate tax liabilities for the plaintiff and the plaintiff's heirs.
- Overview of probate
- Death of plaintiff, pre-suit and post-suit
- Death of defendant, pre-suit and post-suit
- Admitting the testimony of decedents through FRE 801
- Future income and estate tax issues
The panel will review these and other significant issues:
- When a client dies, what are the attorneys' ethical obligations, who is the client, and is probate required?
- If the individual defendant dies, what can and should the plaintiff do?
- When is court approval required for a settlement involving a minor?
- Is a witness' statement about what the decedent supposedly said a classic case of hearsay?
- Are the decedent's statements admissible against the estate?
- Are attorney's communications with the decedent protected by the attorney-client privilege?
Antonoplos & Associates
Ms. Edwards handles cases in real estate, estates & trusts, and contract law. Her specialties include complex... | Read More
Ms. Edwards handles cases in real estate, estates & trusts, and contract law. Her specialties include complex estate litigation, commercial leasing and acquisition, commercial and partnership disputes, and real estate disputes. Ms. Edwards' practice includes litigation in local and federal courts and appellate work. Her clients include individuals, foreign governments, companies and corporations, national banks, and developers.Close
The Johnson Firm
Ms. Smith is an attorney licensed in Texas and California who joined the firm in August of 2016. The majority of her... | Read More
Ms. Smith is an attorney licensed in Texas and California who joined the firm in August of 2016. The majority of her work is with the firm’s probate practice, with a particular focus on estates with personal injury claims. Ms. Smith guides her clients in navigating the special requirements which must be met during the probate process in order to help bring the estate’s personal injury claim to a successful conclusion.Close