Matters of Note

New Events

After ten months and hundreds of person-hours of effort by the members, the work of the Probate Rules Task Force is in large measure complete.  The Task Force has filed a petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to approve the revised rules.  The proposed rules contain both stylistic and substantive changes.  Both practitioners and the public may view the petition and the proposed rules here:

On December 20, 2017, by Administrative Order 2017-133, the Supreme Court of Arizona has appointed Attorney Barron to the Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure.  The Task Force is to review the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure to identify possible changes to conform to modern usage (of language) with an eye towards clarifying and simplifying the rules.

Noteworthy Cases Handled by Our Firm

One of our firm’s successful appeals of a trial court’s erroneous ruling(s).  This case is particularly instructive in regards to the duties of a fiduciary to a protected person, the distinction between legal and equitable ownership of assets, and the nature of estate plans (wills, trusts, beneficiary deeds) in relation to a conservatorship.  Attorney for the firm:  John H. Barron, III.

The “heart” of the issue was whether the Superior Court of Arizona had jurisdiction to decide matters regarding the administration of a trust administered in a foreign country.  The Superior Court, Maricopa County, granted “our side’s” motion to dismiss but denied the request for statutory attorney fees. Having been successful in the trial court regarding the issue of jurisdiction and obtaining dismissal of the action, the opposition appealed.  The Court of Appeals did not publish the portion affirming the dismissal, but did publish the portion regarding fees and held that suits that arise out of a trust relationship are not suits arising out of a “contract” for purposes of the statutes allowing attorney fee awards to the successful party in an action arising out of a contract.  Attorney for the firm:  John H. Barron, III.


John H. Barron, III – Associate Editor.

Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts.  John H. Barron, III – Contributing author, and the instructor of the “Decision Making” module.

John H. Barron, III – Associate Editor.

 John H. Barron, III -Author.  A companion resource to the Hearing Officer’s Bench Book for Mental Health Hearing and Other Mental Health Matters, Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.

State Bar Committees

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