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Breach of Contract Cures, Contract Termination

Contracts will often include “cure” provisions to prevent a party from immediately canceling or terminating a contract in the event of breach. Moreover, as is the case with more complex or lengthy contracts, a “cure” provision allows a party to correct an inadvertent breach of contract.  A cure clause usually states that the non-breaching party […]

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Real Estate Litigation & Disputes

One of the most common types of real estate disputes (if not the most common) are disputes centered on competing claims of partial or complete ownership of real estate. These problems can arise from a myriad of circumstances, like problems with un-recorded deeds, titling errors, uncertain beneficiaries, challenges to the validity of a deed, etc. […]

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Trustee Vacancies

A vacancy in trusteeship occurs when a trustee declines the trusteeship, the trustee cannot be located, resigns, dies, is disqualified/removed, or is found to be legally incapacitated. Under Missouri law, when there is a vacancy in a trusteeship it must be filled in the following order of priority:  (1) By a person designated in or […]

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Trust Assets in a Divorce

When dividing marital property in a divorce, the court is to consider the factors set forth in Section 452.330, RSMo and then divide the property in such a way that it seems just. Workman v. Workman, 293 S.W.3d 89, 96 (Mo. Ct. App. 2009). A court generally has “great flexibility” in dividing the marital property. Shepard v. […]

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Time Limit and Deadline to Challenge Will

A last will and testament in Missouri (and other states) may be challenged and voided. The most common grounds for a contest are lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, fraud and/or duress.  One of the goals in the estate administration process in Missouri is to have a quick, efficient manner of winding down one’s affairs. […]

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Partnerships, Accountings

Partners owe each other a fiduciary with respect to the affairs of the partnership. Anchor Centre Partners v. Mercantile Bank, 803 S.W.2d 23 (Mo. 1991). As part of this fiduciary duty, each partner has a duty to “render on demand true and full information of all things affecting the partnership to any partner.” King v. Bullard, 257 […]

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Undue Influence Presumption, In-Home Health Care Provider

Undue influence is a legal claim which may be used to void and invalidate a will, trust or other legal document. It occurs when an influencer substitutes his or her will for that of the party executing the estate document. As of this writing, the jury instruction regarding undue is more severe and is phrased […]

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Duress: Trusts & Contracts

Wills, trusts, contracts, deeds and other legal documents may be voided if they were executed under duress. As an initial matter, a duress claim is distinct from a claim to set aside a document based on undue influence, lack of capacity or fraud.  To make a successful claim for duress, the plaintiff must prove that […]

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Substantial Performance, Contract Litigation

The traditional rule regarding contracts is that all parties must follow the terms of the contract or agreement precisely. In certain occasions, though, a party may “substantially perfrom” under a contract without being liable for breach of contract.  In the absence of an express provision in a contract requiring precise, literal compliance, substantial compliance of […]

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Aiding and Abetting

Though relatively rare, “aiding and abetting” can also result in civil liability. In Missouri, for harm resulting to a third person from the tortious conduct of another, one is subject to liability if he or she knows that the other’s conduct contitutes a breach of duty and gives substantial assistance or encouragement to the other. Bradley […]

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