Verdicts & Settlements

Estate Litigation for Intent of Family Trust

A member of one of NJ’s most prominent families established a large trust. That trust provided for 30 years of distributions to local charities and then for distributions to the man’s descendants. After the trust was created, a son of the creator of the trust acknowledged paternity of a child he believed was not his as part of his divorce settlement with the mother of the child. The child and the son of the creator never saw each other again. When it came time for the trust to be distributed to the creator’s descendants, the child, who was now a grown woman, asked for a share of the trust. Our estate and commercial litigation attorneys represented the son of the creator in this case that was litigated for approximately seven years, all the way to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The matter recently settled.
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