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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Constructive Fraud, Statute of Frauds

The statute of frauds generally requires that certain types of contracts be in writing. There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule, many of which stem from the aim to prevent further fraud. In other words, the statute of frauds exists so as to prevent certain contracts from being enforced unless they are in writing, […]

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Conversion, Specific Chattel

Conversion is a claim that involves the wrongful use/deprivation of personal property. To prevail on a claim for conversion, a plaintiff needs to prove that (1) he/she was entitled to possession of personal property, (2) the defendant exercised unauthorized control of the personal property and (3) deprived plaintiff of his/her right to possession. Broadly speaking, […]

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Spendthrift Clause Enforceability in Trusts

A spendthrift clause is a provision in a trust which prohbits a beneficiary’s interest from being assigned and prevents a creditor from attaching that interest. Bruce G Robert QTIP Marital Trust v. Grasson, 332 S.W.3d 248, 256 (Mo. Ct. App. 2010). What this  means is that the beneficiary cannot voluntarily assign out the interest in the […]

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Liquidated Contract Damages, Reasonable Forecast of Damages

In breach of contract litigation, it is the responsibility of the party complaining of the breach to prove all of the damages/harm incurred which form the basis for the monetary request. Certain contracts include liquidated damages provisions. These types of provisions set forth the amount of damages in the event of a breach.  Not all […]

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Forum Selection Clauses, Personal Jurisdiction

Personal jurisdiction is the authority of a court to render a judgment or decision about an individual or entity. For personal jurisdiction to exist, there must generally be some connection between a party and the state or forum rendering the judgment or decision. In may contracts or agreements, there are provisions designating where litigation must occur […]

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Power of Attorney Self-Dealing, Gifts

An attorney-in-fact is someone appointed by a principal under a power of attorney to make decisions on behalf of the principal. The decisions usually relate to financial or healthcare matters for the principal. An attorney-in-fact is a fiduciary of the principal and must act in the principal’s best interests. This generally includes an obligation to […]

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