Will and Testament

RHCC Attorney a Daily Journal and callawyer.com Clay Award Recipient

Reynolds Cafferata was one of the members of the legal team honored with a Clay Award from the Daily Journal and callawyer.com for ground-breaking legal work in the Estate of Duke.

In the Estate of Duke, the California Supreme Court held that a will with unambiguous terms can be reformed to reflect the testator’s true intentions. The decision reversed decades-old precedents and hundreds of years of common law. A cardinal rule of interpreting a person’s will was that if the language of the will was clear on its face, no matter what evidence was produced that showed that the will did not follow the decedent’s intentions, the terms of the will could not be altered.Continue reading