Human Nature, Both Sides Now

If you do estate and trust litigation for a living, it's easy to begin thinking that greed is ubiquitous. But just when you might harden into cynicism, a case comes along to restore your faith in human nature. Two recent cases are classic. One, involving the estate of Marjorie Sims, showcases her unfortunately well-founded fear of living long, getting ill, and needing a lot of her money for health

If you do estate and trust litigation for a living, it's easy to begin thinking that greed is ubiquitous. But just when you might harden into cynicism, a case comes along to restore your faith in human nature.

Two recent cases are classic. One, involving the estate of Marjorie Sims, showcases her unfortunately well-founded fear of living long, getting ill, and needing a lot of her money for health care. Following her death, a nasty fight broke out between her two legatees. Peck v.

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