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Laura Jan Upchurch

Laura Upchurch’s Legal Cases

5 total

  • Guardianship and Probate of Estate of Katherine Willard

    Practice Area:
    Guardianship
    Outcome:
    Administration and closing of guardianship and probate estates
    Description:
    Represented guardian of the person and estate (and eventual administrator of probate estate) of an elderly woman with no spouse or children; handled the sale by guardian of personal property and five tracts of rural real estate, as well as filing of a lawsuit by guardian to clear title to land; upon death of ward, closed guardianship and handled administration of probate estate, with distribution of estate assets to 32 heirs.
  • Estate of Rosie K. Giessel, Deceased

    Practice Area:
    Probate
    Date:
    May 30, 2013
    Outcome:
    Jury verdict for client/heir, upholding survivorship designation in favor of client
    Description:
    Declaratory Judgment action in Dependent Administration, to enforce the survivorship designation executed by the decedent on three accounts left to one of decedent's heirs.
  • Estate of Stella Bennett, Deceased

    Practice Area:
    Probate
    Date:
    May 22, 2013
    Outcome:
    Judgment declaring lapsed gift and identity of 45 heirs (including two adoptees by estoppel)
    Description:
    Declaratory judgment action to construe will provision and determine heirs who take lapsed gift under will.
  • Owens v. Hawkins

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Outcome:
    Summary judgment for decedent's transferees (upheld on appeal)
    Description:
    Defense of suit claiming fraudulent transfer of decedent's rural real property to family members
  • Matthies v. Gammage

    Practice Area:
    Probate
    Date:
    Oct 23, 2013
    Outcome:
    Jury verdict awarding plaintiff damages for tortious interference with inheritance and contractual rights.
    Description:
    Suit by independent executor and beneficiary of estate for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with inheritance and contractual rights, conversion and fraud.