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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Demand Notes and Installment Notes

Promissory notes are legal documents whereby the maker of a note promises to pay a certain amount of money to a payee. In Missouri, promissory notes are interpreted consistent with contract law. Every promissory note will contain repayment terms and usually include interest that accrues. Generally, payments are set on fixed dates or on the […]

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Undue Influence & Fraud Presumptions in Estate Litigation

Undue influence is a legal concept that occurs when a third-party coerces and improperly influences another person to sign a document or make a property conveyance. It exists when the influencer destroys the will of the signer to where the influencer’s will is substituted for the signer’s will. Because in such cases the wishes expressed in the […]

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Fraud Under the Probate Code

Fraud under the probate code is a legal claim in Missouri codified in Section 472.013 RSMo. It states as follows:  Whenever fraud has been perpetrated in connection with any proceeding or in any statement filed under this code, or if fraud is used to avoid or circumvent the provisions or purposes of this code,any person injured […]

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Breach of Contract to Make a Will

There can be a legally binding contract to create a last will and testament. Though quite rare,  how this usually would look is that one party agrees to leave something to the other contracting party in his/her last will and testament. Breach of contract to make a will is a recognized claim in Missouri. Easley v. […]

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Trust Litigation

Trust litigation is becoming more frequent. This is due to a number of factors, such as changes in trust laws and an ageing segment of the population who created trusts. Another important factor is that the Uniform Trust Code, which has been mostly adopted in Missouri, permits a broad range of individuals to file lawsuits […]

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Attachment, Missouri Judgment Collection

Under Missouri procedural rules, an “attachment” is a prejudgment remedy by which property can be taken into custody to satisfy an anticipated judgment. It does not create a right to a judgment or debt. Instead, it provides a means of enforcing a judgment. In essence, an attachment is designed to allow a plaintiff take control of […]

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