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Paine Hamblen Expands Estate Planning, Business Transactions, and Real Estate Team

March 14, 2019

Paine Hamblen welcomes the addition of Daniel B. DeRuyter and Erik A. Kukuk to its Spokane office. For 35 years Dan has practiced business and tax consultation, succession planning of ownership and management, the formation, merger, sale, and acquisitions of business entities, and estate planning. Before attending law school Dan was a practicing CPA. Dan will continue his law practice in Paine Hamblen’s Business Transactions, Estate Planning, and Taxation business groups. Erik is in his seventh year of advising clients…

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Motion Practice May Violate a No Contest Clause

March 14, 2019

A Last Will and Testament may be attacked for a variety of reasons, maybe someone did not receive as much as they wanted or maybe something genuinely went wrong with the execution of the Last Will and Testament.  To prevent beneficiaries from disputing a Last Will and Testament, no contest provisions are often included and state that if a beneficiary attacks the document, they lose their right to inherit. As the below case demonstrates, attacking a Last Will and Testament…

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9th Circuit BAP Provides Clarity for When a Debtor Can Exempt Property Post-Petition

March 7, 2019

Recently, in In re De Jesus Gomez, 592 B.R. 698 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2018), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel clarified how 11 U.S.C. § 522(g) limits a debtor’s right to claim exemptions in property after the trustee exercised its avoiding powers to recover an interest in that property. There, the debtor filed a chapter 7 petition and originally scheduled one vehicle (2001 Ford Focus), claiming an exemption for the full value of the car. He did not disclose ownership…

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