Perspecta Attorneys Draft Friend of the Court Brief

Two Perspecta Trust attorneys prepared a friend of the court (amicus) brief which was filed on behalf of the New Hampshire Trust Council in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, in the matter of In re Teresa E. Craig Living Trust, Docket No. 2017-0532. The brief addresses a question certified to the Supreme Court by the New Hampshire Probate Court regarding application of the pretermitted heir statute. The pretermitted heir statute (RSA 551:10) provides children (and their descendants) who were inadvertently omitted from a will with the same share of the estate they would have received had there been no will (an intestate share). In consideration of this statute, wills that are intended to disinherit one of more children are carefully drafted with specific language to avoid any question of inadvertent omission. In…