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Common Law Fiduciary Duties

Trustees, personal representatives, attorneys-in-fact, corporate directors, limited liability company managers, etc. owe fiduciary duties. Generally speaking, a fiduciary duty is where one person has a legal obligation to act in another’s interests. Whether a fiduciary duty exists is a question of law, while breach of fiduciary duty is usually a question of fact. Scanwell Freight…

Constructive Trust: Unjust Enrichment and Breach of Fiduciary Duty

A constructive trust is an equitable device to “remedy a situation where a party has been wrongfully deprived of some right, title or interest in property as a result of fraud or violation of confidence of faith reposed in another.” Lynch v. Lynch, 260 S.W.3d 834, 837 (Mo. 2008).  It may also provide a remedy…

Powers of Attorney, Dealings with Third Persons

While powers of attorney are useful tools to allow one person (the attorney-in-fact) to act another person’s behalf (the principal), third-parties are sometimes distrustful of a power of attorney. A power of attorney is relatively easy to create. There are many forms online, including from state bar associations, that seemingly anyone can print and use….

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