The Robins Kaplan Spotlight

The Robins Kaplan Spotlight is a newsletter of the firm’s Wealth Planning, Administration, and Fiduciary Disputes Group created to provide a forum to discuss the latest news and other issues impacting the trusts and estates community. 

Fiduciary disputes come in many varieties, but they share some consistent themes that involve the erosion of trust, high emotion, and opportunities—sometimes missed—for creative pproaches to avoid or resolve litigation. As practitioners and teachers of fiduciary law, our attorneys have built a reputation for excellence in meeting the needs of individuals and rganizations facing complex fiduciary issues, starting with the transactional and estate planning work that can mitigate risk from the beginning. We counsel individuals and business owners in a broad range of fiduciary issues, from estate planning and business succession, to dispute resolution and litigation when unavoidable.

Vol. 3, No. 4

Winter 2018

This issue focuses on the year in review:

Vol. 3, No. 2

Summer 2018

This issue focuses on trust and estate issues unique to South Dakota:

  • South Dakota 2018 Trust Law Changes, by Steve A. Brand and Sarah J. Khoury
  • Death and Taxes are Certain… Unless You’re a South Dakota Dynasty Trust, by Brendan V. Johnson and Joshua B. Strom
  • Domestic Asset Protecting Trusts and Fraudulent Transfer Jurisdiction, by James P. Menton

Vol. 3, No. 1

Spring 2018

This issue focuses on alternative dispute resolution:

  • Thoughts on Mediation from Two Experienced T&E Litigators Who Have Seen a Few Things, by Denise Rahne
  • Mapping Your Path to Justice: Alternatives to Traditional Mediation, by Rebecca Vaccariello and Peter Foundas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses in Estate Planning Documents, by Matthew Frerichs

Vol. 3, No. 3

Fall 2018

This issue focuses on the intersection of estate planning and family law:

  • The Importance of Guardianship Planning for Minor Children, by Rebecca M. Vaccariello and Kevin D. Meek
  • Keeping a Blended Family Harmonious with Strategic Estate Planning, by Joshua B. Strom
  • Sveen v. Melin: Supreme Court Holds that Beneficiary Designations Made Before Minnesota’s Revocation-on-Divorce Statute Do Not Violate the Contracts Clause, by Steve A. Brand and Shira Shapiro