Clark Hill Attorneys Ray J. Koenig III, Ashley T. Kisner and Christopher S. Hopkins Published in FIRMA FORUM, “Effectively Employing the Tools Provided by a Decedent”

Jan 29, 2019

CHICAGO, IL – Ray J. Koenig III, Ashley T. Kisner and Christopher S. Hopkins, members of Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group and the firm’s national trust and estates controversy practice, were recently published in The Fiduciary & Investment Risk Management Association, Inc.’s publication, FIRMA FORUM, 2018 Issue 4.  The article,  “Effectively Employing the Tools Provided by a Decedent,” discusses the growing use of mandatory arbitration and no-contest clauses in wills and trusts and how professional fiduciaries should consider and address those provisions.

“Fiduciaries should always be aware of the existence of no-contest clauses and take note of their scope to, in conjunction with fiduciary counsel, determine the most effective means to employ the clause to protect the decedent’s intentions.”

The Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management Association, Inc. (FIRMA) is the leading provider of fiduciary and investment risk management education and networking opportunities for global fiduciary and investment management services industries.  Their mission is to address emerging issues and provide knowledge and support through training and networking opportunities while promoting professional conduct and ethical standards in the practice of audit, compliance, regulatory supervision and risk management.

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Ray J. Koenig III is a Member in Clark Hill’s Chicago office.  He has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice. Ray has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts. Ray is frequently appointed Guardian Ad Litem and defense counsel by judges in complicated guardianship matters; he is also appointed Special Administrator by judges in problematic probate matters.

Ashley T. Kisner is a Member in Clark Hill Strasburger’s Dallas office. She represents clients in commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on business disputes and business torts, trust and estate controversies, environmental issues, and real estate cases. She appears regularly in State and Federal Courts including experience in multi-district class actions and multi-party litigation.

Christopher S. Hopkins is a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Chicago office.  He helps financial institution and individual fiduciaries resolve contested generational transfers of wealth, businesses, and real property.  Corporate and individual fiduciaries rely on Chris to represent their interests in complex litigation involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and other post-death estate challenges, particularly those involving real estate.