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SANTA MARIA, CA - JANUARY 30: A view from behind the witness stand looking towards the gallery in Courtroom #8 which will be full of prospective jury candidates, one day before jury selection begins for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial at the Superior Court of California courthouse on January 30, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. (Photo by Spencer Weiner-Pool/Getty Images)

Getting Out of Federal Court

Challenging jurisdiction in fiduciary litigation.

There’s been a veritable explosion of fiduciary litigation in recent years, attributable to a host of factors, including the escalating amount of wealth at stake; the reduction in transfer taxes leaving larger inheritances to fight over; the lengthening of life spans causing beneficiaries to wait longer than ever to inherit; the changing nature of families with the legalization of gay marriage, adult adoption and other alternative family structures; and the ever more litigious society


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