David Eby & Team Win Major Probate Decision

8/21/2015

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Portsmouth, NH - Attorney David Eby, shareholder and chair of the firm’s Probate Litigation practice group, shareholder Jonathan Eck, and a team of Devine Millimet attorneys, paralegals, and staff, successfully challenged the validity of the May 2012 estate planning documents of Geraldine Webber on behalf of clients Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. Ms. Webber passed away in December 2012. On August 21, 2015, following a two-week trial, Judge Cassavechia of the Probate Division ruled that Aaron Goodwin, at the time a 34-year-old detective with the Portsmouth (N.H.) Police Department, unduly influenced the 93-year-old Ms. Webber to change her estate plan and make him the primary beneficiary of the $2.7 million in assets she accrued during her lifetime. As a consequence, the court has voided the 2012 estate planning documents. Charitable organizations Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The Shriners’ Hospitals for Children were among the beneficiaries in Ms. Webber’s pre-May 2012 estate planning documents. The court will hold further proceedings in September relative to the admission into probate of Ms. Webber’s earlier estate plan.

Read the NOTICE OF DECISION for the Geraldine W. Webber Revocable Living Trust case.