Seventy-Year-Old Watershed Case Still Influences Improper Execution Lawsuits Today

Ever since the Iowa Supreme Court ruled In re Estate of Fordonski in 2004, estate dispute attorneys have received little news from the judiciary on improper execution trends—the deafening silence is most likely attributed to the Court telling us everything we needed to know about the issue back in 1950. Let’s now turn the clock back seventy years and consider …

10 Will-Signing Q&As for Chasing Away Improper Execution Allegations During Probate

While hearing arguments in an improper execution lawsuit in Des Moines this month, the Supreme Court of Iowa mentioned In Re: the Estate of Blima Fordonski (2004). The Fordonski doctrine reminds estate dispute attorneys of how important witnesses are in will-signing ceremonies and why it’s essential to have their signatures appear both on the testamentary document itself and on supporting …